Deirdre Yeater, Ph.D.
Dr. Yeater joined Sacred Heart University in the Fall of 2008. She encourages students to meet with her if interested in becoming involved in marine mammal cognition and behavior research. Dr. Yeater is also the advisor for the Psychology Club.
Degrees and Certifications
- Ph.D., M.A., University of Southern Mississippi
- B.S., SUNY Maritime College
Dr. Yeater enjoys teaching and incorporates her research and training experiences with marine mammals in her classes. She frequently teaches Human and Animal Learning (PS335) and The Individual and Society (PSCC103). Dr. Yeater also teaches a First Year Seminar (FY125) course “Comparative Animal Psychology: Are Dolphins Deep Thinkers?” She is co-teaching a new PS200-level elective with Dr. Melzer “Are You Smarter than a Dolphin”.
Research Interests and Grants
Dr. Yeater’s research has been in the areas of: dolphin imitation and social learning, the behavior of rough-toothed dolphins, social interactions in belugas, the effects of vessel traffic and swimmers on dolphin behavior, the effects of noise on marine mammals, and environmental enrichment with captive animals such as river otters. She is currently studying visual laterality and discrimination between familiar and unfamiliar stimuli in belugas at Mystic Aquarium. Several undergraduate students are assisting on this project as part of the PS397 Capstone in Psychology requirement.